Jonathan Poneman, founding father (alongside Bruce Pavitt) of the legendary grunge/garage rock label Sub Pop, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disorder. But as an article from the Seattle Times states, he’s decided to fight the disease with a cool sense of humor, positive attitude and sticking with business as usual.
In fact, Poneman recently stated “As ironic as it sounds, I am truly grateful to the disease…. My love of life and its precious elements became more vivid at the thought of seeing them fade away.”
The report says not much has changed in Poneman’s life post-diagnosis. He’s still working and going to concerts and clubs on a regular basis, just now “I am less inclined to go up front, because I am a human bowling pin.”
Business is still booming for Sub Pop, which will celebrate it’s 25th anniversary on July 13 with a day-long festival on Seattle’s Airport Way, which features Father John Misty, J Mascis, Shearwater and many others.